I read The Dog on the Acropolis at the request of the author, Mark Tedesco, in exchange for an honest review. It was a heartwarming story of Draco, a dog who escorts people up and down the hill of the Acropolis. The book is written in an alternating sequence of the present day and the time in which the Parthenon was being built. I found it a little slow to get started, but the story soon picked up speed.
Each night, Draco dreams of ancient times, where there lives a dog named Daria. Both dogs change the lives of their adoptive families and friends through their unconditional love and acceptance. Somehow family differences are overcome, and love wins over potential estrangement.
The book is historical fiction in the sense that the reader is transported to family life in ancient Greece. We are reminded that, even then, people and family relationships were the same as today. One of the passages that really spoke to me is this: “Time is too short not to make time for friends”. This is a lovely story of love, acceptance, moody teenagers, generational differences, workplace accidents, and neighbors coming together. The Dog on the Acropoliswill reassure you that people are the same everywhere – we all want love, forgiveness, companionship, acceptance. I wish Draco could come live with me.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Not too much:
- Excessive use of the word “that”;
- Incorrect verb usage: bring vs. take, bringing vs. taking, was vs. were, and come vs. go;
- Foreign language words were not italicized.